Stinging Setback For Inventor In Patent Lawsuit

Law360, New York (July 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Chicago District Court judge ruled on June 28 that inventor Ole K. Nilssen had violated nearly every patent law on the books in his lawsuit against lighting company Osram Sylvania, Inc.

In his decision, Judge John W. Darrah declared that Nilssen’s 11 patents related to electronic ballasts, track lighting, compact fluorescent screw-in-lamps and other electronic lighting products were all unenforceable, most of them on more than one grounds.

For one thing, Nilssen improperly paid fees as a small entity, defined as an independent inventor, small...
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